- students were dismissed from school at roughly 11 am where they went home, ate lunch, and changed into their costumes (as the only fast food restaurant in town, McDonald's was a place to avoid at all costs)
- by 12:45, all students were to be back in their classroom. This was the trickiest part of the day for non-classroom based staff who were asked to man the front tables, serving as 1)blockade from any parents not on the volunteer list and 2)runners for delivering treats. I can not begin to explain the tenacity some of these parents displayed at wanting to get down to their child's classroom for "just one quick picture".
- At 1 pm, students began streaming out of the south door of the school in an orderly line class by class. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, babysitters, and anyone else who may or may not know a child in one of those classroom would line the streets as the students paraded more than eight blocks around the school. Cameras of every shape and size would go off like crazy and you were almost deafened by the sound of "Over here! Look at me! SMILE!".
- This parade was escorted by a police car and the middle school band.
- After the students walked by the first time, those parents on the beginning end of the parade route would travel in herd formation to the opposite side of the building to watch them finish the parade route.
- The remainder of the day would be spent in classroom parties, loading up on sugar and playing fun games until the bell rang at 3 pm.
Initially excited about the parades, Punkin was sort of over it while waiting for her sister's school to unveil their costumes. She was also highly disturbed by the fake gorilla outfit worn by one of the band members.
Shortcake, on the other hand, exited the school beaming and the smile didn't fade until long after we arrived back home. To say that this Halloween week was much happier than last is an understatement of grand proportions.
Now it's on to even more celebrating with the seventh annual Hurloween, a kids' party tomorrow afternoon, and trick-or-treating to end the day. Something tells me Monday morning is going to be rough.